A Busy New Year Ahead

Can you believe it, it’s the last month of the year and it’s seemingly gone by in a flash. Why is it that the older we get, the faster time seems to move? Read more

Introducing a New Service “AADT Plus”

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AADT Plus

We are proud to announce that we will be offering several new services for 2015. Yes, we will be adding to AADT’s suite of services and we will likely be calling this AADT Plus: We will now be offering services to assist our clients with set-up and maintenance of Driver Qualification (DQ) Files. There will be several ways that we can assist for a minimal fee. Read more

Drug Related DUI’s Harder to Prosecute

When you think of a “Driving Under the Influence” charge, you might think of alcohol first. But law enforcement is facing some challenges when it comes to prosecuting drugged drivers these days.
According to the Center for Advanced Public Safety, more than 6,000 DUI-related accidents happened even in a small state like Alabama with a population of less than 5-million (1/8th the size of California) last year, killing 208 people. Read more

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

The holiday season is the time of the year when drunk, drugged and impaired driving accidents are most prevalent. Drug and alcohol use impair judgment, delay reaction times and can result in deadly consequences when driving. Read more

Marijuana Breath Test Being Developed at WSU

Scientists at Washington State University (WSU) are working to develop a breath test, similar to a breathalyzer that would help law enforcement officers more quickly determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Read more

Question: My driver tested positive and wants to have the split urine specimen tested, what do we do?

Answer: §40.171 – How does an employee request a test of a split specimen?

(a) As an employee, when the MRO has notified you that you have a verified positive drug test and/or refusal to test because of adulteration or substitution, you have 72 hours from the time of notification to request a test of the split specimen. Read more

Super Bowl Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event.

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015 there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why NHTSA is urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. Read more

TDLR Alert

TDLR has published proposed rule changes for Chapter 85, Vehicle Storage Facilities and for Chapter 86, Vehicle Towing and Booting. Both of these proposed rule changes have to do with FEES. It is very important that you read them carefully and submit any comments to TDLR in WRITING before November 17. Comments can be emailed to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov. Southwest Tow Operators will be sending you our comments on the proposed changes in the next week. Your input is very important to us and to TDLR. Please take the time to comment in writing. Read more

Alleged Drug Testing Case – Employers X-Mods Could Be Affected

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is pursuing fraud charges against an orthopedic surgeon and his office manager for billing six workers’ comp carriers for medical services that it alleges were never provided. Investigators allege that they discovered at least 30,000 fraudulent bills filed for bogus supplemental reports related to drug screenings. Read more

Many Changes Ahead for Those in the Trucking Industry

The 2014 year is in our rear-view mirror, there’s less than three more months left and we will be starting 2015.

Unfortunately, due mostly to CARB diesel engine regulations, we are seeing many long-time clients making the decision to close their accounts and retire. Surely, CARB regulations have had no or little effect on our motor carrier industry and members – right! Read more

Question: What are the employer’s obligations, in terms of random testing

Question: What are the employer’s obligations, in terms of random testing, with regard to an employee who does not drive as part of the employee’s usual job functions, but who holds a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and may be called upon at any time, on an occasional or emergency basis, to drive?

Answer: Such an employee must be in an on-going random testing pool at all times, like a full-time driver. A drug test must be administered each time the employee’s name is selected from the pool. Read more

AADT Account On-line Access 24/7

Easy as 1-2-3!

Fall is around the corner and we know that many companies will be going through their seasonal changes, many in the north preparing for winter.

One important thing to remember throughout the year is making sure that your company driver/employee list is current. This is the first thing that is looked at during a CSAT/Carrier inspection/compliance review. We know that drivers/employees come and go, and with all the other daily duties, making sure that your AADT account has the correct drivers/employees enrolled and available to be selected for random testing can sometimes fall through the cracks. Read more